RACING PEOPLE WE HAVE LOST SINCE THE END OF THE 2016 SEASON II

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    Nothing fancy here. Up to the 2017 season, Ken Squier would address the crowd at Thunder Road at the first race and inform them of any racing figures we had lost since the preceding season. That hasn't been done since. I was struck by what it meant to a lot of people to hear this information; so, I decided to use this page to try and let people know, to the best of my ability, who has passed on in the racing community [at least up this way].


Courtesy of Russ Farr
Stan Durrum,
Castleton, VT

Modified / MIdget Owner


Courtesy of Russ Farr
Stan, with one of the modifieds he
collaborated with with owner
Dooger Jones.

Courtesy of Russ Farr
VALthough generally associated with a
familiar midget #222, Stan also had
some pretty progressive open wheel
cars.


Courtesy of Roy Dedrick
Ernie Gahan,
Dover, NH

Modified Driver / Nat'l Champ


 
Courtesy of Bob Gamache
Ernie drove his own 50NH cars when not
driving for Sonny Koszella.

 
Ladabouche Photo
My favorite Gahan ride, one of the Sonny Koszella 15's. at Fonda

Courtesy of WMUR.com
Bob Bahre,
Paris, ME

Track Owner / Promoter

 Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob, upon his most familiar perch, directing operations at Oxford Plains atop a cement piling of a light pole with Tony DiPompo and brother, Dick.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Dan claims that Bob is the circled man in this
photo. It wojuld have to be during his first
year of track ownership, judging from his
age.

Courtesy of Sam Barlow
Kenneth "Kenny" Goodermote,
New York

Race Driver

Eastern Hot Rodder Site
 One of Ken's earlier important rides was the Harvey Ford 62 Jr. - at sites like Pine Bowl.

Courtesy of Chas Hertica
Maybe Ken's most important ride was the Ken Tremont 115; he was among - if not the first driver Ken had.

Courtesy of LVC
Russ "The Silver Fox" Blake,
Pittsfield, MA
Race Driver

From Ron Blake
Russ' first car, according to Ron Blake. This
was at Otter Creek Speedway in Vermont.


Ladabouche Photo
Russ really liked this photo I snappedin 1963. It
shows his friends Bo Green [left] and Jumbo
Williamson unloading his second car.

Courtesy of Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Ralph Cusack,
Scarborough, ME
Race Driver


Courtesy of James Libby
Ralph is probably best remembered for all of
his "Deuce" cars at Beech Ridge Speedway,
Scarborough, ME.

Courtesy of John Daniels
Ralph also drove the well  - known
Car 61, later in his career.

Norman Photo
Bobby Turner,
Waterboro, ME
Race Driver


Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bobby, reaady to go with car 85. Ironically,
this former "Deuce" car is shown right above when owned by Ralph Cusack.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
Another car at Beech Ridge.
 
T. Osterman Collection
Terry "Ox" Osterman,
Vermont
Racing Crewman
 
T. Osterman Collection
Terry keeps an eye on proceedings as Iny
Lund poses for a promo shot with Richie Panch.
Marvin Panch entrusted Osterman, Ken Bucklin,
Phil Bowler, and Tom Tiller [far left] to watch
out fo his 16 year - old son in 1972.

 T. Osterman Collection
The team poses after Richie won one in 1972 at
Devil's Bowl. Terry, Panch, Bucklin, and Bowler.
Osterman was a gas man extraordinaire due
to his enormous strength.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Ed Baker,
Athol NY
Stock Car Driver
 
Hackel Family Photo
Ed drove Vern Baker's 6 PACK Hudson
at Warrensburg Speedway in the latter
years of that track.

Ladabouche Photo
Ed Baker returned to run with Vern
[shown above - no relation] from
1962 through 1964. They won
a number of features.
 
Scott Belknap Collection
Jack Johnson,
Duanesburg, NY
Modified Driver
 
Russ Bergh Photo
A personal favorite time in the
Career of Jack Johnson - the Villano
cars
Courtesy of Marty Karabin
A more familiar photo for many Johnson
fans - Jack, at Malta.
 
Ernie Bodreau Collection
Rusty Ball,
Keene, NH

Modified Driver
 
Courtesy of Neal Davis
A
sharp entry with the familiar number 39
in t he Pinto era.
Courtesy of Neal Davis
A more recent entry.

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